If you are like me, you spent a lot of time not only enjoying games from our youth on television by console, but on a monitor by computer. During the 1980s, a variety of different computers like the Commodore 64, TRS-80 and Apple II all offered a similar form of loading programs into memory in the form of audio cassette. Another computer system that also offered tapes as a form of input was the Atari lineup of 8-bit computers. One thing that all of these machines have in common was that the tapes were slow and unreliable, yet inexpensive for general users. The old meets the new in today’s story, where a new device in the works called the SIO2BT hopes to bring make all of those cassette based programs more reliable to load, all the while using a technology that you probably have in your pocket right now.
Over the years, there have been a lot of items offered to retro video gamers, that would later become collectable. Everything from playing cards to lunchboxes to toys. When we were a lot younger, we didn’t think of them as collectables of the future, we just thought they were cool! As adults, we now know that it’s always best to take good care of such items. With that in mind, we wanted to talk about a new future collectable that is in the works by Capcom, which brings you Mega Man’s helmet to your desk, that you will want to show off AND take good care of.
If the Atari 2600 was the console of choice when you were a then-modern gamer, chances are you remember when Pac-Man had first come out, not only in arcades, but on home consoles and computers as well. You also more than likely remember how different the Atari 2600 version of the classic title was portrayed, with the game being considered poor by many. Despite the flaws, the game was successful, however it certainly could have been better. While many new versions of the game were created in later years by the means of homebrews, a brand new one by a member of AtariAge manages to cram most of the arcade experience onto a small Atari VCS ROM, which has been made available to the general public.
It’s time for some more news in the world of unreleased video games, this time for a game that was completely unreleased! A moderator of the NintendoAge forums had recently purchased a developer kit for the original Xbox console. While peeking through the system, there were a few files that had sparked some personal interest. Upon loading them up, it was discovered that a game that takes place in the world of “South Park” had been found. The main thing about this find, is that there weren’t any Xbox games released that took place in South Park!
Oh, Spot! How have you been? I am not talking about the hundreds of dogs that share that name, but rather that of Cool Spot, the 7up brand mascot that was popular throughout the 1980s and 1990s. There was a plethora of Cool Spot related merchandise over the years, and of course, Spot also had made a variety of video game appearances. In particular, one of these titles was called “Spot Goes To Hollywood”, which would get released for the Sega Genesis and Saturn, along with a PlayStation port as well. Versions for the SNES and the short-lived Sega 32X where in development, and both were later cancelled. But while they were never released, the 32X port has recently been discovered, and there are plans for a public release.